Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 21)

1) N Willamette Blvd. closure starting Monday
2) ITAP committee seeks members


1) N Willamette Blvd. closure starting Monday

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that replacement of a viaduct supporting N Willamette Boulevard on the Willamette Bluffs will require a lane closure and bus detour starting Monday, May 23 for three to four months.

DetourMapThe northwest-bound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, all hours, all days, from N Bryant Street to N Fowler Avenue. Northwest-bound bike traffic will be detoured to the adjacent sidewalk, which will be shared with people walking.

The southeast-bound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will remain open, though the lane will be shifted to the left in the work zone. The southeast-bound bike lane will remain open, providing a 5-foot wide lane separated from people driving by plastic wands.

The replacement will bring the roadway up to current seismic safety codes and make it more resilient to landslides. The work will replace an aging concrete viaduct that supports part of the roadway. About 200 feet of structure will be replaced or strengthened, and another 100 feet of guardrail will be replaced.

Northwest-bound motor vehicle traffic, including bus traffic will be detoured around the area. Northwest-bound motor vehicles in the area should go north on N Greeeley Ave, then west on N Lombard St, to south on N Portsmouth Ave and back to N Willamette Blvd.

Learn more on the project website.


2) ITAP committee seeks members

The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is a Bureau of Development Services sponsored information technology project to upgrade the City’s legacy development review and case management software system and move the City to an online and paperless development review and inspection process. The new software system will provide improved online access for the general public and efficiencies for applicants and City staff involved in plan review, inspections, and case management of development review projects. The Bureau of Development Services is working in partnership with the other City development review bureaus (Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Bureau of Transportation) involved in the development review process. For more information about the project please visit the ITAP webpage.

The ITAP Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately 12 members who represent a variety of interests. Generally, membership will consist of individuals from each of the following professions or interests: architect, developer, engineer, permit/land use consultant, contractor, neighborhood representative, and trades. The role of the committee may include:

  • Assisting with identifying problems with current business processes to consider for fixing in the new permit system or that are unrelated to information technology and that we can work to fix in advance of implementation
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on proposed work flow and processes for the new permit system
  • Providing input on the citizen web portal and application submittal process
  • Feedback on prioritization of work to include in the project
  • Providing input on different options for changes to business practices

The committee is currently seeking two (2) additional members. In particular, the committee seeks representatives from:

  • Surveying Companies
  • Mid to Large-Sized Construction Companies
  • City residents interested in neighborhood safety and livability issues related to new construction and remodeling projects
  • Neighborhood Association Members
  • Plumbing Contractors
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Architects

Project Manager, Rebecca Sponsel emphasizes, “We really need to hear from you, our customers, about your needs with the automated services that ITAP will be providing.

The Committee will meet at least quarterly and at times more frequently during project implementation (through 2018) at the 1900 Fourth Avenue Building. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 8, from 3-4 p.m. in room 4A.

View a list of the current members

If you would like to be considered for membership on the ITAP Customer Advisory Committee, please fill out the application and send to:

Bureau of Development Services
ITAP Team
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR  97201

Or email:
Lisa.Gill@portlandoregon.gov
Donah.Baribeau@portlandoregon.gov

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Overlook to discuss air quality

The Overlook Neighborhood Association May general meeting will feature a discussion about air quality and toxins. Given the recent reports of elevated toxin levels, come with your questions about how to keep Overlook healthy.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 13)

1) Learn about renters rights
2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)
3) Movies concerts and more in Portland Parks this summer
4) Ride of Silence – North Portland (May 18)
5) The best of Portland is in Overlook
6) Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration (May 20)
7) Openings on Portland Noise Review Board


1) Learn about renters rights

Multnomah County Library will host several Renters Rights Workshops in coming months. Know the law so you can protect yourself. Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.

For a complete list of times and locations, visit their website.

And mark your calendars now for the June Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting and social on June 21 at Lucky Lab. We’ll share community and discuss renters rights and remaining a welcoming neighborhood for all residents.


2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) continues to prepare for disaster. Next Saturday, join the team as it scouts potential  locations for a staging area around the Omaha blocks. Meet at the intersection of Killingsworth and Omaha. During the scouting, the team will take notes on possible sites and challenges. Bring your gear, your walking shoes and your questions.

Omaha blocks staging search
Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at N Killingsworth Street and Omaha Avenue


3) Movies concerts and more in Portland Parks this summer

Pull out the picnic baskets because it’s time for Summer Free For All (SFFA) season again in Portland.  SFFA combines 250 concerts, movies, daytime playground activities and lunch, and swimming lessons in parks – all for free, all across Portland. The goal of the program is to empower Portlanders to create and cultivate community by providing free, accessible, family-friendly summer activities that celebrate our city’s growing cultural diversity.

View a full schedule online and plan to attend the movie in Overlook Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, when we’ll show Wizard of Oz.


4) Ride of Silence – North Portland (May 18)

Join communities across the globe in leading a Portland-based Ride of Silence to recognize neighbors, families and friends who have been injured or killed while riding bicycles.

Participants of all abilities are invited to join the procession. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of Arbor Lodge Park (N Delaware and Dekum). A brief ceremony remembering family and loved-ones who lost their lives while riding their bicycle will be held, followed by ride protocol and safety instructions. The ride will return to Arbor Lodge Park around 7:30 and will not exceed 12 mph. Participants must wear helmets, are encouraged to bring headlights and taillights, and are invited to consider wearing:

  • Names of riders you are riding in memory of printed and pinned to your back
  • Black and/or red shirts, ribbons, arm bands, etc. Wear black to honor a cyclist who was killed, and red for one that was injured by a motorist.

Learn more at rideofsilence.org.

Ride of Silence – North Portland
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Meet at southeast corner of Arbor Lodge Park


5) The best of Portland is in Overlook

Voting in Willamette Week’s annual Best of Portland is underway. Support Overlook businesses on the ballot: Miho Izakiya, Eisenhower Bagels, and Blooming Moon Spa. Vote online.


6) Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration (May 20)

Don’t forget to visit the Overlook House next Friday (May 20), 6-9 p.m., for the Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration. There will be complimentary appetizers, no-host wine and beer, and “The Overlook” signature cocktail. A local jazz trio will provide entertainment, and there will be free childcare for ages 3 and older. A grand raffle drawing will occur at 8. Proceeds go to Friends of Overlook House to maintain this jewel of the neighborhood.

Overlook House Celebration and Fundraiser
Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


7) Openings on Portland Noise Review Board

Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board has two open positions, available beginning June 1, for a construction representative and community member at-large.

The Noise Review Board engages the community around issues related to garbage trucks, construction, and special events to strike a balance between noise-generating activities and the desire for livable communities. The board also reviews applications for noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events.

The board is comprised of five members, including three community member at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Volunteers serve on the board for three-year terms, and members may serve a maximum of two terms. The Noise Review Board meets once a month, on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Applications are available online and must be received by Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 7)

1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success
2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)
3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training
4) Portland Community Equality Act (May 12)
5) Budget hearing update (May 12)


1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success

Neighborhood Cleanup Crew 2016

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who contributed their time and energy on April 30 to help clean up Overlook Neighborhood. More than 20 adults showed up to lend their time and energy to the annual cleanup event. Five-month old Grace Miho motivated the team with her smile and blue eyes.

The volunteers started at the Concord pedestrian bridge over N Going Street and fanned out from there. Some picked up trash along Going between N Interstate Avenue to N Greeley Avenue. Several removed graffiti along the bridge crossing the railroad tracks to Swan Island. And still others focused on trimming back Himalayan blackberries that had grown over the Going sidewalk.

Moving much of that material was made easy with the help of Chris Radcliffe’s golf cart—thank you Chris.

Volunteers collected 1.17 tons of garbage, including needles and human excrement, and 12 cubic yards of plant material.

As a small token of appreciation, all volunteers received an organic tomato start grown by Overlook neighbor, Mulysa Melco from Resilience Design.

Thank you to sponsors: the Graffiti Abatement Program, Metro, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Swan Island Business Association. Thank you also to Grand Central Bakery for providing pastries to keep the team fueled.

And special thanks to OKNA board member Cynthia Sulaski for coordinating the cleanup.

Click here to see more photos from the cleanup.


2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) continues to prepare for disaster. Next Saturday, join the team as it scouts potential  locations for a staging area around the Omaha blocks. Meet at the intersection of Killingsworth and Omaha. During the scouting, the team will take notes on possible sites and challenges. Bring your gear, your walking shoes and your questions.

Omaha blocks staging search
Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at N Killingsworth Street and Omaha Avenue


3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training

Are you prepared for a disaster? Are you willing to help your neighbors when disaster strikes? Portland will kick off a basic NET training program that runs for three session plus a final field exercise.  Trainees will meet all day on May 14 and 21, and for a couple of hours on June 4. The final field exercise options are June 5, 11 and 12.

Please note: you must live or work in the City of Portland in order to participate. NET training classes are free of charge. The training will take place in Northeast Portland; the exact location is provided only after you sign up for the class.

There are a few forms to fill out in order to sign up. Find all of the details at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management website.


4) Portland Community Equality Act (May 12)

Portland is one of the last major cities with an at-large commissioner form of government . Some residents hope to change that. Learn more about their efforts at an information meeting on Thursday. If you can’t make it, check out the next issue of Overlook Views, which will be delivered soon.

Portland Community Equality Act – Information Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 6-7 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave.)


5) Budget hearing update (May 12)

A few weeks ago we mentioned the city’s upcoming budget hearings. The time for the May 12 hearing has been changed. If you want to tell City Council how to spend your tax dollars, your chance is:

Budget hearing
Thursday, May 12, 5:30-9 p.m.
City Council Chambers, (1221 SW 4th Ave.)

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 29)

1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)
2) Apply for housing preference
3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available
4) TriMet Bike Plan
5) ADU tax heartburn reduced
6) Local youth programming (May 14)
7) Better Naito is back
8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)


1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)

We’re still celebrating Earth Day in Overlook. Join us on Saturday for the annual neighborhood cleanup. We will meet at the PIttman HydroPark (Concord Avenue just north of Going Street) for registration and breakfast munchies tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. Then we’ll split up into teams to spiff up Going Street down to Swan Island and parts of Interstate Avenue.

The first 50 volunteers will receive a beautiful organic tomato start grown by Mulysa Melco of Resilience Design and the opportunity to get rid of any personal bulky waste too big to fit into your trash can. Please don’t bring any hazardous, construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage or residential yard debris; or recyclables that can be collected at curbside.

Special thanks to our partners, the Swan Island Business Association and Metro.

Neighborhood Cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Pittman HydroPark


2) Apply for housing preference

As part of the City’s initiative in North and Northeast Portland to address the community impact of involuntary displacement, the Portland Housing Bureau has unveiled a preference policy that will prioritize impacted households for the rental housing and homeownership programs it funds in the area. In May, longtime residents who have experienced or are now facing displacement will be able to apply to receive preference for new homeownership opportunities.

The Portland Housing Bureau will accept applications for preference May 2-13. The application is available online at the Housing Bureau’s website, as well as from eleven sites throughout the Portland Metro area (a full list of application sites is available here).

Anyone who wants more should contact the Housing Bureau by calling the application helpline at 503-823-4147 or via email at PHBwaitlist@portlandoregon.gov. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB


3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services seeks to provide funding to local community based organizations that engage with underrepresented communities. These community outreach grants are intended to help raise awareness on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and to help increase participation in the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comment period. The 60-day comment period will start once the EPA’s Proposed Plan has been released, which we anticipate in early May 2016. More information on the grant application process can be found here. If you have any questions please contact grant manager Tonya Stephens at 503-823-4883.


4) TriMet Bike Plan

Next week, TriMet will host open houses to discuss the TriMet Bike Plan, a roadmap that will help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities.

Portland
Monday, May 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Join the Facebook event

NE Portland
Thursday, May 5
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave.
Join the Facebook event

If you can’t make it to an open house, starting May 2, you’ll be able to view the Bike Plan online and submit feedback.


5) ADU tax heartburn reduced

Oregon Department of Revenue issued a draft rule that steers Multnomah County away from the  ‘rezoning’ interpretation. This draft rule explicitly forbids county assessors from classifying a property as ‘rezoned’ when an ADU or any other accessory structure is added. This DOR rule supersedes the interpretation that had caused detached ADUs to trigger a property reassessment — the interpretation that has caused a dramatic ADU development chilling effect in Portland in the last 6 months.

Learn more.


6) Local youth programming (May 14)

cabcardThe Bethel Youth Drop-In Center has provided support for the youth in the North Portland area for more than 25 years. It has been a consistent resource for not only child care, but also caring for children’s needs. This program has provided children of the neighborhood with a safe space where they are encouraged to learn, practice age appropriate behaviors, and live a healthy and safe lifestyle.  Elementary school students have had the support in both an afternoon program during the school year and in an 8-hour-a-day summer camp program. Three years ago, the summer program was expanded to include middle school age children in a Youth Leadership Camp.

Student fees cover some of the costs, but support from the community and other organizations provides the majority. Bethel has yet to turn away any child for lack of funds.

The upcoming Cabaret and Cabernet event is a chance to celebrate the joy and beauty of the neighborhood and its children while raising funds for the youth programs.  Virtuosa Jazz Singer Lady Kat headlines the entertainment.  Call Bethel Lutheran for tickets – 503-285-4919.

Cabaret and Cabernet
Saturday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church (5658 N Denver Ave.)


7) Better Naito is back

Better Naito returns to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

From May 2 to July 31, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

From July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased the most during peak travel hours 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours between 45 seconds and one minute. The full report can be found on the Better Naito website.


8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)
The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its May meeting on Tuesday. View the agenda.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 23)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association joins homeless camping lawsuit
2) Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Overlook (April 30)
3) Public safety in Overlook
4) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (April 30)
5) Community forum on homelessness (April 26)
6) Friends of Overlook House 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser (May 20)
7) Portland awards $47 million for affordable housing projects 


1) Overlook Neighborhood Association joins homeless camping lawsuit

On Tuesday the Overlook Neighborhood Association board voted unanimously to join a coalition of neighborhood, businesses and residents in a lawsuit seeking to end Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy that allows camping in many public spaces. You can learn more about the lawsuit on the OKNA website, where we have posted a FAQ, Fact Sheet and the legal filing.

There has been extensive media coverage of the lawsuit including at OPB, The Oregonian, KATU, KGW and Willamette Week. OKNA Board Member Chris Trejbal also spoke with KBOO.


2) Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Overlook (April 30)

neighborhoodCleanupHappy Earth Day! As you spend time today thinking about the planet, make plans to act locally next Saturday. Join your neighbors on April 30 to help spruce up N Going Street. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. in the Pittman HydroPark just north of Going Street at Concord Avenue (North side of the bike/pedestrian bridge). With enough volunteers, two hours of work along Going and N Greeley Avenue will make a significant difference.

For your efforts, you’ll receive an organic tomato start grown by Mulysa Melco of Resilience Design and the opportunity to get rid of any personal bulky waste too big to fit into your trash can.  However, please don’t bring any hazardous, construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage or residential yard debris; or recyclables that can be collected at curbside.

Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring work gloves and pruners, if you have them.  We’ll need mechanical help to move filled garbage bags up the Going Street hill.  If you have a Radio Flyer wagon or a cart, bringing it along would be a great contribution.

Please RSVP to graffiti@OverlookNeighborhood.org.  Meet your neighbors, have some fun, get some exercise and enjoy some yummy tomatoes in August.

Special thanks to our partners, Swan Island Business Association and Metro.

Overlook Neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Pittman HydroPark


3) Public safety in Overlook

At the recent OKNA General Meeting, residents heard from Mark Wells who coordinates Neighborhood Watch and Community Foot Patrol programs in the city. If you are interested in learning about how to set one up in your neighborhood, their online resources are the place to start.

CP Logo 2015 FinalWe also learned at the meeting that Portland allocated uniformed patrol officers geographically based on reported crime rates. The more accurate the data that the Police Bureau has, the better it can target problem areas. Next time you see something going on, be sure to report it so that Overlook receives the police protection it needs. If it’s an emergency, dial 911. Otherwise, you can use the online reporting site.

Finally, Officer Bob Foster urged residents to register their bikes with Bike Index or Porject529. When Portland Police recover a stolen bicycle, they use those services to check the serial number so they can return it to the owner.


4) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (April 30)

Portland’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan looks at Portland’s risks from natural hazards, and identifies strategies to make the city more resilient.

On Saturday, April 30, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will come to Overlook to talk about the plan. Attend the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop to:

  • Get to know your natural hazard risks.
  • Select and prioritize projects to make Portland more resilient.
  • Ensure that your community’s needs and interests are considered.
  • Connect with your neighbors about preparedness.
  • There will be snacks, and kids are welcome!

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Workshop (agenda)
Saturday, April 30, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School Cafeteria (1710 N Humboldt St.)


5) Community forum on homelessness (April 26)

Portsmouth Neighborhood Association will host a community forum on homelessness on Tuesday, April 26. Presenters include OKNA Board Chair Dannielle Herman as well as Josh Alpert (Mayor Charlie Hale’s chief of staff), Marc Jolin (Home for Everyone), Karen Ward (St. Andrew and All Souls Church), and Edna Wilson-Hoesch (Hereford House Food Pantry).

Community forum on homelessness
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Portland Abbey Arts (7600 N Hereford Ave.)


6) Friends of Overlook House 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser (May 20)

overlookHouseJoin your neighbors to mark a decade of Friends of Overlook House’s management of the historic neighborhood site. The event will include complimentary appetizers, no-host wine and beer, “The Overlook” signature cocktail, music from a local jazz trio, free childcare for ages 3 and older, and a grand raffle drawing at 8 p.m.

Raffle and fundraising proceeds will help pay for improvements to the Overlook House basement.

Overlook House Celebration and Fundraiser
Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


7) Portland awards $47 million for affordable housing projects

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has awarded about $47 million in local and federal funds to eight proposed affordable housing projects. The money will support six new developments and two renovation projects. PHB estimates the award will result in 585 new units of affordable housing—and will preserve another 255 through renovation projects—including more than 120 total units for the lowest-income households

InterstateDevelopmentOne of new developments, “Interstate,” will go up just north of Overlook Neighborhood and include 51 new units of affordable housing. The development will serve low-income households earning up to 60 percent of the median family income, with a portion of units reserved for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

On-site resident services will include culturally specific recovery and employment support. Additionally, the close proximity to Head Start child care, mass transit, two grocery stores, and medical facilities will help residents increase their overall self-sufficiency.

The project design aims to achieve efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint through smaller units and green building features, such as energy efficient appliances, low-flow toilets and faucets, and LED lighting.

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OKNA joins lawsuit against City of Portland over homeless camping

Fact SheetAt the Tuesday General meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association, the OKNA Board unanimously voted to join a coalition of neighborhoods, businesses, residents and others in a lawsuit seeking to end Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy. We believe that Portland can and must do better for all of its homeless residents than direct them to set up camp on any sidewalk or city land.

FAQWe hope that this legal action will prompt the city to engage with neighborhoods, businesses, the homeless community and all stakeholders to develop real solutions to the city’s homelessness crisis. Allowing Mayor Hales to act unilaterally and without such input has proven to be a failure.

For more information, view the FAQ, Fact Sheet and Press Release sent out by the neighborhood association. You can also read the legal filing below.

OKNA will continue to work with the city and Hazelnut Grove residents toward developing a temporary permit for that camp.

Safe Livable Portland legal filing

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 15)

1) OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, April 19)
2) Learn about Interstate Lanes development (Thursday, April 21)
3) City developing middle housing policies
4) Help choose a new Department of Environmental Quality director
5) Tell Metro what sort of housing you want to see
6) Enjoy the arts at Portland Abbey Arts
7) Gypsy Moth spraying


1) OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, April 19)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to learn about what’s happening in Overlook. We’ll hear from a legislative candidate, learn about neighborhood watch, hear about the Portland bike share project and more.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Learn about Interstate Lanes development (Thursday, April 21)

interstateLanesA representative from the development company or the local architecture firm working on redeveloping the Interstate Lanes site will be at next week’s Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting. Visit the neighborhood next door to learn more about the project.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon )


3) City developing middle housing policies

The Residential Infill Project (RIP) is developing regulatory concepts that address the scale of new housing and remodels as well as appropriate types and locations for alternative housing options in single-dwelling zones.

Alternative housing options support middle housing
At their April 5 meeting, the RIP Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed alternative housing options that would promote relatively smaller, less expensive residential units in portions of select single-dwelling zones. This type of housing – typically in the form of duplexes, tri- and fourplexes, garden apartments, and cottage clusters – is referred to as “middle housing”; housing types between single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Middle housing accommodates a greater diversity of household sizes, incomes and ages, and serves the changing needs of households over time.

City Council amendment
The Residential Infill  SAC discussion corresponds with a City Council amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Update that encourages the production of more middle housing in Portland. The amendment (#P45 on page 22 of the amendment report) would add the following language to Chapter 5, Housing of the Portland Comprehensive Plan:

Enable and encourage development of middle housing. This includes multi-unit or clustered residential buildings that provide relatively smaller, less expensive units; more units; and a scale transition between the core of the mixed use center and surrounding single family areas. Apply zoning that would allow this within a quarter mile of designated centers, where appropriate, and within the Inner Ring around the Central City.

In the amendment report, staff noted that policy support for middle housing in general is already part of the Recommended Draft Comp Plan forwarded by the Planning and Sustainability Commission to the City Council. However, this additional new policy takes the concept further; it reflects greater understanding from the Comp Plan process about the need for and benefits of middle housing. It also acknowledges that middle housing is particularly valuable for meeting equity and affordability goals, when located in high opportunity areas such as centers.

Staff also noted that implementation of this policy will entail extensive consultation with the public on the form, amount and location of middle housing appropriate to meet Comprehensive Plan goals.

Public hearings on Comp Plan amendments
City Council has scheduled public hearing on April 20 to hear testimony on all their amendments to the Recommended Comprehensive Plan, including this middle housing amendment. Read more about the Comp Plan amendments.

Next steps and public input for Residential Infill Project
Project staff are preparing for public review of the Residential Infill Project’s regulatory concepts this summer. Outreach events have not been finalized, but they will include a series of open houses throughout the city, targeted outreach to stakeholders who were not well represented in our previous public outreach survey, as well as providing information to other interested groups.

If your group/organization is interested in learning more about this project, please contact Julia Gisler (see below) to discuss ways to engage your group. Staff may be available to attend a meeting or share information about the project in other ways.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit the project website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 orjulia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov.


4) Help choose a new Department of Environmental Quality director

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission seeks public comment on proposed requirements and criteria for the recruitment of the permanent DEQ director.

To provide comment, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DEQsurvey2.

The commission will accept comments through this online system until noon on Tuesday, April 19, followed by a special opportunity to accept verbal comments on the draft requirements the evening of April 20. That session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland. The commission is expected to take action on the recruitment language, and many other agenda items, at its April 20-21, 2016, regular meeting. An agenda for that meeting is available now, with reports and other supporting documents to be posted soon.


5) Tell Metro what sort of housing you want to see

Metro invites you to complete a survey about housing choice in the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan area. The purpose of the survey is to hear your voice and give you power to let your local governments and service providers know about your concerns and what you would change about the community. Your answers will be part of a regional planning effort for the counties in the Metro area including Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah Counties. Your response will have an impact on actions of local governments and service providers, such as how and where public funds are spent on housing developments, infrastructure, programs, and more. Please take the time to make your voice heard.

This survey should take about 20-25 minutes to complete. Your time and comments are greatly appreciated.

If you provide your name and address on the last page, it will be placed in a drawing for a $100 grocery store gift certificate of your choice. There will be five winners. Your answers are anonymous, for research purposes, and will not be connected with your name in any way. You do not need to provide your name to us unless you wish to be entered into the drawing.

Participate in the survey by clicking here.


6) Enjoy the arts at Portland Abbey Arts

abbey_artsOn Tuesday, after you attend the OKNA general meeting, why not bask in the arts?

Portland Abbey Arts will host an event featuring music, poetry and visual arts. Click on the flyer for more information.


7) Gypsy Moth spraying

Weather pending, helicopters will fly over North Portland spraying for Gypsy Moths on Saturday. They won’t spray Overlook Neighborhood directly, but residents might see them and depending on winds might have some of the spray drift his way.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 10)

1) Homeless update
2) Spring gardening workshops
3) Park sprinklers running in the rain
4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement


1) Homeless update

FireHawthorne Bridge homeless fire

Summer dryness quickly approaches. After a fire at a homeless camp under the Hawthorne Bridge last week, the OKNA Board requested that Portland Fire & Rescue meet with Hazelnut Grove residents and conduct a safety check to ensure the camp in Overlook Neighborhood is following best practices for fire and safety. Fire & Rescue agreed, and the meeting was scheduled for Friday.

Other neighborhoods support Overlook

The chairs of eight North Portland neighborhoods (not counting Overlook) have sent a letter to the city supporting Overlook as we continue to try to work with the city on a plan that will ensure the safety of everyone. Other neighborhoods sending letters include Arlington, Crestwood and Irvington. The Northeast Coalition is promoting its own, similar letter. And Concordia, Cully, Vernon and Multnomah village have all shared their support for OKNA.

Homelessness forum (April 20)

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition will host a forum on homelessness later this month. There will be presentations by a Home for Everyone and the mayor’s office followed by Q+A. Neighbors will caucus to determine if the homeless plan works and will develop any next steps to take at the neighborhood association level.

Wednesday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Portland Building, Second Floor (1120 SW 5th Ave.)


2) Spring gardening workshopsWesternServiceberry

As Overlook residents start whipping their yards back into shape, expert help is available. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with Sustainable Overlook and Trillium Charter School to offer two workshops.

Natural gardening workshop: Naturescaping (Sat. April 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Natural Gardening Workshop: Native Plants (Wed. May 18, 6-8:30 p.m.)

Both classes will take place at Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.) Registration is required. Find more details and register online. Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.


3) Park sprinklers running in the rain

Starting in April, Portland Park & Recreation (PP&R) staff will activate irrigation systems across the city. Part of this process will include adjustments and repairs where workers need to have sprinkler and irrigation systems turned on during the day.

SprinklersSome of this work on more than 150 automatic sprinkler systems might occur during rainy days, which could strike a casual observer as an unusual sight.  However, PP&R staff must conduct this work now to ensure that all of the city’s park irrigation systems are fully functional for the hot summer months.  PP&R irrigation systems are used on grass at parks and athletic fields, and give plants supplemental water.

Though sprinklers running in the rain may cause one to do a double-take, this is in fact a common and effective industry practice.  In this case, de-winterizing PP&R sprinkler systems during the month of April (and sometimes during March, too) is indeed a normal operating procedure.

The irrigation systems in our parks sit idle for many months. During this time, the sprinkler heads may lose their alignment, have turf grow completely over them, or be damaged from the elements. To ensure proper operation, systematically each sprinkler zone is activated and thoroughly inspected.


4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Do you like to hear what’s happening in Overlook Neighborhood through this weekly update and our quarterly newsletter? Do you appreciate having a neighborhood association that speaks up for Overlook? Have you attended a neighborhood cleanup or movie in the park?

All of this is made possible by the volunteers at OKNA, and those volunteers receive a lot of help from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). It’s budget season in Portland, thoughm, andn ONI could fall under the budget axe.

You can help ensure that ONI and by extension OKNA has the resources it needs to serve Overlook residents by telling the mayor and City Council how valuable these programs are. Contact them at:

Charlie Hales, Mayor
mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

Steve Novick, Commissioner
novick@portlandoregon.gov

Amanda Fritz, Commissioner
amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Saltzman, Commissioner
dan@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish, Commissioner
Nick@portlandoregon.gov

You can also support ONI and OKNA at upcoming budget forums:

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alice Ott Middle School, Auditorium (12500 SE Ramona St.)

Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, (1221 SW 4th Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 1)

1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)
2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages
3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?
4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)
5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden
6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series
7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)
8) And finally…


1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)

Skidmore BluffsOverlook neighbors on Skidmore Terrace invite you to join them on Sunday for family night at the Skidmore Bluffs.

Over the years Skidmore Bluffs have become a popular spot to watch the sunset, and over the years residents of Skidmore Terrace have noticed a few trends they’d like to curb, e.g., urinating in yards, smoking, drinking, loud music, parking in the no parking zones, etc. One night in particular – Sunday night – seems to always attract crowds that for whatever reason are particularly ill-behaved.

The Skidmore Terrace residents would like to put a stop to the rowdy Sunday nights (and get to know their neighbors a bit better, too). They invite all Overlook residents to join them on Sunday for family night at the Bluffs. They hope that by filling the park with families, over time the crowds will either move on to another location or curb their poor behavior.

Come out to meet some neighbors, enjoy the sunset and keep Overlook a great place for families.

Inaugural family night at Skidmore Bluffs
Sunday, April 3 at sunset (about 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.)
Skidmore Bluffs


2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages

The City of Portland and Multnomah County reminds all residents to visit www.PublicAlerts.org (PublicAlerts) to sign up to receive urgent safety information.

PublicAlerts is able to send messages to landline phones, mobile phones, and email addresses. Alerts are only issued when the public needs to take action to remain safe, such as staying inside, evacuating, or boiling water.

PublicAlerts was first launched in 2011. The system used by Portland and Multnomah County was recently improved and is now able to issue safety information in 10 languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Laotian, Arabic, Romanian, Somali and Ukrainian. Residents must sign up to receive non-English messages.

When signing up, residents are also able to indicate if they may have additional needs in an emergency — such as mobility issues or hearing or visual impairment — or difficulty communicating with public safety responders.


3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?

Commissioner Steve Novick has come out in support of “middle housing.” That’s denser development between a regular house and a large apartment building. Think duplexes and garden apartments.

The idea has made its way into discussions about the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, which is the official development plan for the next 20 years. The blocks north across the street from Overlook Park could be a test spot for middle housing development.

Share your thoughts on this idea or any other elements of the Comprehensive Plan at upcoming public hearings and City Council action. Among the upcoming meetings are:

  • April 14, 6-9 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Portland Building Auditorium (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
  • April 20, 9:45 a.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Council Chambers, City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave.)
  • April 28 2 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Vote

4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)

The North Portland Parks Advisory Group and Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group are sponsoring an evening of artistic expression and information sharing in support of clean water and parks. Speakers will include:

  • Travis Williams, Willamette River Keepers
  • Emily Bosanquet, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts (PNCA)
  • Mary Lou Soscia, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Susan Barthel, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Parks and clean water through art
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)


5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden

LadybugSignDid you know that more than 400 Overlook neighbors have pledged to reduce or eliminate pesticides like Round-up and “weed and feed” in their yard? According Metro, “Garden chemicals can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and waterways. The good news is there are many surprisingly easy ways to care for your lawn and garden that avoid putting your family and neighbors at risk.” If you’re interested in learning more or in taking the Health Lawn and Garden Pledge, visit the Sustainable Overlook website.


6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series

DualCritThink-and-ConstitutionThe Civics for Adults Series will host two upcoming discussions in North Portland. The first is titled “Misinformation and political propaganda.” The second is called “The Constitution and the governments we live with.” Click on the image for details.


7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)

The OKNA board meets on Tuesday. Items on the agenda include middle housing, questions for a possible North Portland mayoral candidate forum and general meeting format.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)


8) And finally…

Spring has arrived in Overlook, and what better place to take some wedding photos than at our neighborhood street art?

overlook_wedding_art

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